The Science of Laziness

  • Published on May 22, 2014
  • Why are some people so lazy? Is there a couch-potato gene?
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    Neurobiology of Mice Selected for High Voluntary Wheel-running Activity
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    Patterns of Brain Activity With Variation in Voluntary Wheel-Running Behaviour
    Current understanding of the genetic basis for physical activity.
    Genetic influences on exercise participation in 37,051 twin pairs from seven countries.
    Does the difference between physically active and couch potato lie in the dopamine system?
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Comments • 4 210

  • my i-gotstayzen heart

    this makes me want to work hard so my future children will be motivated as hell 24/7

  • Jacob Hanley
    Jacob Hanley 4 days ago

    I’m so lazy I can’t even finish th-

  • La haba
    La haba 5 days ago

    I recognize the symptoms because l also have similar experience. Adhd is a nightmare. Please do not ignore the symptoms and seek psychiatry help. Ask them about a med call Adderall. Do not let listen the doctors! Dont let the doctors convince you to try somethings else. Dont let them lie to you. Get the prescribe Adderall, only Adderall, nothing else. You are welcome. I know l saved lives.

    OG SQUAD 6 days ago +1

    I wouldn’t say I’m lazy I just don’t have anything to do 🤣🤷🏾‍♂️

  • rahul mishra
    rahul mishra 7 days ago

    I want to become lazy

  • Boby Singh
    Boby Singh 9 days ago

    I AM NOT LAZ...

  • kP
    kP 9 days ago +2

    The floor is lava
    Like if you are lazy to move 😂

  • Neo Dintchly
    Neo Dintchly 11 days ago

    Too lazy to go to school

  • Well, I messed up studios Marcy

    Me: maybe if i watch this, ill learn how to stop being lazy
    Me *after vid*: Meh, maybe later

  • Shawn Ramsey
    Shawn Ramsey 15 days ago

    I clicked on this video by searching “I am a coach potato”

  • Jay Kune
    Jay Kune 15 days ago

    Make sense

  • Pranjli Mehta
    Pranjli Mehta 17 days ago

    Let's beat laziness!

  • adjfo
    adjfo 18 days ago

    Does anyone feel burnout even if you do nothing at all?

  • Viky K.Z.
    Viky K.Z. 19 days ago +2

    But my parents are both hard working people...
    Shit I think I'm adopted

  • I Like YouTube.
    I Like YouTube. 21 day ago +1

    Motivation:Im about to end this guy whole career.

  • Chanuth Gunawardene
    Chanuth Gunawardene 25 days ago +2

    Great now I'm going to go take a nap!

  • Loot__Goblin Gaming
    Loot__Goblin Gaming 25 days ago

    Trust me I love exercising but it doesn’t cure sadness

  • Matthias Rambally
    Matthias Rambally 27 days ago

    I'm really lazy I lie down on my bed for the majority of the day

  • Mohammed Abdul moid adnan

    Who else is on the couch and has to do something else right now?

  • Molly Moko
    Molly Moko 27 days ago

    I learnt nothing.

  • 300IQ Wizard
    300IQ Wizard Month ago

    I know the key to laziness mastery.

  • 300IQ Wizard
    300IQ Wizard Month ago

    I deserve an award for being lazy. I just love it!

  • If not Why not
    If not Why not Month ago +2

    I'm too lazy to comment lol

  • 1am
    1am Month ago +1

    I only get energized after I exercise and it feels like I need to move. Or sometimes when I listen to music, I also need to move. Or when I lack sleep, I do a lot of erratic movements.

  • Ray Yuen
    Ray Yuen Month ago +2

    I grew up in a family where I wasn't allowed to cook or clean because the parents always wanted me to study. So, the legacy remains : I rarely cook or clean. They produced a lazy citizen.😂😂 Not my fault.

  • Sarah Maria Molina Garcia

    Being lazy makes me soooo stressed, I mean I know I have to be productive, but I'm so lazy to actually do something

  • KLJF
    KLJF Month ago

    if we didn't have lazy people nothing would have ever been invented . unless you think donkeys can invent stuff ? well do you ?

  • l i a
    l i a Month ago

    The thumbnail is me rn, legit lol

  • Darealdovahkiin
    Darealdovahkiin Month ago

    Haha couch potatoes hard today for the first time in a year, back at it tomorrow

  • Iman Shahid
    Iman Shahid Month ago +1

    these comments are making me lazy af fr....

  • master shooter64
    master shooter64 Month ago +2

    Sooo... its not my fault that im lazy and can't finish any homework

  • 이달의소녀 이브

    I'm so lazy that I took 5 years to watch this video

  • Tokunbo Muraina
    Tokunbo Muraina Month ago +2

    Today I am very lazy today I am a lazy girl 😥😳😭😁

    -FUN MEMES- 2 months ago +3

    I could like to see the science of boredom because its basically the cause of laziness so eh yeah.

  • John kuku
    John kuku 2 months ago +2

    ( added to watch later)

  • Ferid Latic
    Ferid Latic 2 months ago

    I was very men yo madafaka i become lazy i wastnt lazy before

    BEST EVER FUNNY SHOW 2 months ago +1

    Iam too lazy to talk to someone

  • Aizen Sousuke
    Aizen Sousuke 2 months ago

    Im so lazy i havent eaten for 3 years

  • Hung Vu
    Hung Vu 2 months ago +2

    I rather love being proactive more than watching TV all over the day at home.

  • EL Grek0
    EL Grek0 2 months ago +2

    The dislikes come from evolution deniers and from proud to be a hard worker cunts

  • Priya singh
    Priya singh 2 months ago

  • marsh.inCOLOR
    marsh.inCOLOR 2 months ago +2

    i have two blue collar workers for parents who are completely unable to slow down. both of my sisters have taken into their work with great productivity. still however at the age of 15, i’m pretty sure i may be high on the list of the least ambitious and most slothful on the planet. this genetics shit is complete bull! not genetic research as a whole but the “couch-potato” gene.

  • Hakeem Canonio
    Hakeem Canonio 3 months ago +2

    Too lazy to watch, sorry.

  • くんカルマ
    くんカルマ 3 months ago

    “Those who expend great, energy in their lives, I salute you.”
    -Oreki Houtarou

  • Amanda Heard
    Amanda Heard 3 months ago

    This feels racist.... idk

  • ashley778909
    ashley778909 3 months ago

    Not sure if im lazy or still depressed. I think its a mix of both

  • Viktor the victor
    Viktor the victor 3 months ago +3

    I'm too lazy to get out of bed and kill myself :/
    Any advice?

    • I Like YouTube.
      I Like YouTube. Month ago +2

      Exercise lol just kidding take a cold shower pal it worked for me once.

  • Bear 20
    Bear 20 3 months ago

    i got it from my dad no wonder i never get nothing done im just so damn lazy all the time i kinda hate it and i think its to a point where id call it a disorder , its just that bad. im not even gonna have kids so this is another reason for me not to breed an offspring lmao

    • jr da boy
      jr da boy 3 months ago

      Bear 20 get a girlfriend than and motivate each other

  • Shibaaa
    Shibaaa 3 months ago

    Why’d you have 2 man and woman chromosomes fuckin each other 🤮🤮

  • Jon the Misunderstood
    Jon the Misunderstood 3 months ago

    I'm not lazy, I call it _Listless_
    Take that Mom!

  • Logic Seeker
    Logic Seeker 3 months ago

    Will daily jogging bring back motivation? I become lazy in Michigan winters then come out of my cave in the spring.

  • BTS are my Life
    BTS are my Life 3 months ago +3

    i am to lazy to watch full vidio😢😢😢

    DWNtoERTH 3 months ago

    Shit I have both genes

    DWNtoERTH 3 months ago +1

    Dopamine directly impacts motivation and focus.

    • I Like YouTube.
      I Like YouTube. Month ago +1

      Lol What if your on a dopamine fast I mean can 1 be still motivated or be super focused?

  • Hari Kishore
    Hari Kishore 4 months ago +1

    0:12 That's how I'm watching this video now.

  • PurplePineapple 3000
    PurplePineapple 3000 4 months ago

    I can’t stay on the couch for more than 1 hour. I went to the gym today, and I’m only 12. It’s in my DNA. I got good genes!

  • Kim Taehyung
    Kim Taehyung 4 months ago

    Dad: ur too damn lazy. Ur not going to succeed in life.
    Me: well guess who’s fault it is.

    • Tran Tri
      Tran Tri 2 months ago +1

      But did you try to succeed in life?

  • Lavender playz
    Lavender playz 4 months ago

    I watched this while eating potato chips in the couch.....LOLOLOLLLLOOOOOLLLLL

  • Marks, Jude
    Marks, Jude 4 months ago

    Im sorry, but i have to say this is a lil stupid

  • Carina Stewart
    Carina Stewart 4 months ago

    Gee thanks ancestors. U made me fuckin lazy.

  • Pro Pro
    Pro Pro 4 months ago

    I’d be less lethargic if I weren’t so apathetic.

  • Quiet Fox
    Quiet Fox 4 months ago

    People only clicked the dislike button because they were too lazy to hit the like button!😊

  • glenn Sarka
    glenn Sarka 4 months ago

    Aka the sience of me

  • Whitebeard
    Whitebeard 4 months ago +1

    i was literally to lazy to type a comment but i did it!!

  • Alfonso Décimo
    Alfonso Décimo 4 months ago +2

    I am not lazy i am in energy saving mode!😂

  • MrDrevnak
    MrDrevnak 4 months ago

    Laziness is not rewarded

  • agustdown
    agustdown 4 months ago

    i'm just depressed

  • JH Anime Piano
    JH Anime Piano 4 months ago +1

    i think i have the couch potato gene

  • Almost Perfect
    Almost Perfect 4 months ago +1

    I guess I got the jacking off genes

  • Ajmeena Shoeb
    Ajmeena Shoeb 4 months ago

    I’m supposed to go shower but I’m too lazy

  • Jason Le
    Jason Le 4 months ago

    Done procrastinating

  • Seiber cop
    Seiber cop 4 months ago +1

    Everyone in my Family is extremly lazy me too

  • NeyBliK
    NeyBliK 4 months ago


  • nourat aboubacar
    nourat aboubacar 5 months ago

    That’s why I’m lazy I guess 😂🤦‍♀️

  • Danny Peacock
    Danny Peacock 5 months ago

    To be honest I only get out of bed to change what is in my dvd player

  • Chris Kogos
    Chris Kogos 5 months ago

    Pfft I knew it. It was in my jeans this whole time.

  • Foxy
    Foxy 5 months ago

    Physical activity makes me want to commit die so i'd rather not get up

  • Norbert Szabó Zsolt
    Norbert Szabó Zsolt 5 months ago

    You switch on and off your own genes by your consciousness, this video spreads bs.

  • Delay_ed
    Delay_ed 5 months ago

    When your parents tell you that you're lazy-
    "Sorry, mom. It's genetics."

  • samiul gamer
    samiul gamer 5 months ago +1


  • zen
    zen 5 months ago

    naah ill watch it later

  • Dicki Monster
    Dicki Monster 5 months ago

    That's just excuses get up and run

  • kostas lescinskas
    kostas lescinskas 5 months ago

    First stop eat fast full of fats food.I stoped feeling like potato when start make my own cooked food.:)

  • Cute Milkie
    Cute Milkie 5 months ago +1

    This video made me lazy

  • The Self-Lovening
    The Self-Lovening 5 months ago

    I even got tired watching this video 😬

  • Artsy Drawings
    Artsy Drawings 5 months ago +3

    Who else has something they have to do but doesn’t wanna do it?

  • RareSpeciman
    RareSpeciman 5 months ago

    Oh so it is genetic

  • Nytrisha
    Nytrisha 5 months ago

    Change your DNA - that doesn't work bro wth XD

  • Duke Memphis
    Duke Memphis 6 months ago

    0:19 Wait, how is exercise the surprising thing? I'd take that third thing over that second thing any day.

  • Anime Sora
    Anime Sora 6 months ago


  • Linda Zizan
    Linda Zizan 6 months ago

    I'm tired being lazy so i search how not to be lazy.. but its end up, its so tired to workout, so i choose to be lazy once more time

    (i mean.... and again and again and again, obviously😂😂)

  • HappyHippoEaters
    HappyHippoEaters 6 months ago +4

    an object that is in motion tends to stay in motion
    while an object at rest will stay at rest

  • Lo Gan
    Lo Gan 6 months ago +4

    This is literally all i am so lets watch about me

  • Lazarova Srbija
    Lazarova Srbija 6 months ago

    Dislike cuz of those same being together in the beginning above her head

  • Deema Ahmad
    Deema Ahmad 6 months ago

    I’m not lazy....
    I’m just motivated to do nothing!!

  • Subject #69
    Subject #69 6 months ago +2

    Yeah about exercise...

  • Kha Ho
    Kha Ho 6 months ago

    I like exercising but I hate having to do homework and projects

  • Abhishikta Roy
    Abhishikta Roy 6 months ago +1

    I'm not *lAZy*, I am just in the *eNErgY SAviNg MOdE* 😝

  • Max B
    Max B 6 months ago

    why is the title in slovenian?

  • Wolf Net Rexter
    Wolf Net Rexter 6 months ago